Why won’t anybody pay attention to the poor, put-upon Phelps family? I mean, they’re only really in it for the celebrity anyway:
One of those angry at a Florida preacher’s plans to mark Sept. 11 by setting fire to copies of the Quran is Shirley Phelps Roper, a leader of the Westboro Baptist Church.
While she joins Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gen. David Petraeus, the White House, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and many more, Phelps-Roper, Fred Phelps’ lawyer daughter, is hardly a voice for religious tolerance.
It’s so cute when real journalists have to write about the Phelps family. Shes “hardly a voice for religious tolerance.” No, she is not! I think the words McClatchy was looking for are “unhinged lunatic.”
in 2008 she and her father’s Topeka flock set fire to a Quran in plain view on a Washington, D.C., street and nobody seemed to care.
“We did it a long time before this guy,” Phelps-Roper said by telephone from a street corner in downtown Chicago, scene of the latest Westboro picket — against Jews this time, not gays.
The difference could be that in 2008 many news media outlets had decided to ignore the group’s routine of spewing hatred at funerals of fallen American soldiers.
So when Fred Phelps, calling Muhammad a “pedophilic gigolo,” went online and invited people to attend the burning, most stayed away.
So there you go. The Phelps clan burned a Quran, and nothing happened, because nobody cared.
[h/t Mistermix @ Balloon Juice]